Apologies for the late ‘publication’ of this week’s offering but having been down in London for Wednesday and Thursday of this week, today has been a real whirlwind in an attempt to play catch-up. It’s important to experience life outside Wellington and share good practice with colleagues elsewhere but, as today has illustrated, it’s best to keep these occasions to the minimum. The two conferences I attended did, however, provide ample food for though.
Last night, we hosted our 6th Form Open Evening which, once again, was well attended by our current Year 11 students, their parents and a good number from other local schools. As I have reported previously, our 6th Form is thriving in terms of both results and student numbers and judging by last night, this is set to continue. Thank you to all the staff who gave up their evening to host our visitors.
No sooner had they cleared up after the Open Evening, our wonderful site team were back in action for an exciting event this morning in School. Mrs Copeland reports;
“The Watson Hall was rocking this morning to the sounds of The Scheme (the next One Direction!). Years 7 and 8 were entertained by this up and coming pop group who, as well as singing, talked about making good life choices; the main message was ‘to make the right decisions in life’ and ‘to live a healthy lifestyle’. They used examples of how they made good life choices when they were offered illegal substances in their school years. What a way to start a Friday morning; my ears are still ringing!”
We feel it is very important to impart these key messages to students in a variety of ways and hearing it from the ‘boys’ this morning would doubtless have had an impact. Thanks to Mrs Copeland for organising the event.
Other Wellington news from this week …
Lots going on as always in the super dynamic English department.
Mrs Collinge informs me that on Thursday 8th October, pupils celebrated National Poetry Day in their English lessons by working on activities around this year’s theme of ‘Light’. They have begun writing poems for a competition to be judged by Mrs Collinge at the end of this half-term. Watch this space for news of the successful poets from each year group.
From Mrs Hartley; “8.1A say ‘Let them eat cake’ – 8.1A have worked really hard recently on our topic of Trave Writing. We have been looking at island motifs and metaphors in poetry and at the work of writers influenced by their island heritage. Their imaginative flair was particularly commendable when it came to their responses to a creative task to produce/make their own island. The knitted island produced by Lucy Allan and the islands in cake form made by Amelia Buckley, Hollie Drinkwater-Moore and Jenny Gee were the highlight of my week.” You must get the pupils to show me the fruits of their labours, Mrs Hartley. They sound fabulous.
Not quite an English matter but rather an activity organised by a member of the department, Mr Williams; Politics Society. “On Wednesday, there was the first meeting of the year of Wellington's Politics Society. Attended by students from across the year groups, the issue discussed at this week’s meeting was 'Has the election of Jeremy Corbyn made the Labour party unelectable?' Frank opinions were presented and exchanged, with students debating the issues with each other in a polite and respectful manner - given their conduct at PMQs, perhaps our own MPs could learn a thing or two from them? During the discussion, the issue of whether Trident should be retained sparked real interest and that topic will be debated further at the next meeting on Wednesday 14th. Again, all year groups are welcome to attend.”
The idea for Politics Society was sparked by the enthusiasm of our students for the General Election in May and I’m very grateful to Mr Williams for taking time out of his busy schedule to run a club that will be of huge benefit to its participants.
“8.1B have been studying the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 in their History lessons. They have looked at the causes of the attack, the reasons for English victory and historical debate surrounding the Armada’s failure. They have had a two week homework task to produce a commemorative medal to celebrate victory over the Armada and all pupils produced excellent designs. The level of effort put in was fantastic and 8.1B’s creativity was extremely impressive. Special mentions go to the medals created by Georgina Scrace, Adam Niles, Lizzie Brouard, Emily Thomas, Mia Barlow, Abi Coleman, Lewis Berry, Emily Read and Darcy Popplewell. Well done 8.1B! Keep up this effort both inside and outside lessons.” Thank you to Mr Gerschler for letting us know about this mini history project.
“On Wednesday afternoon the first of the Year 10 GCSE ICT groups walked into Altrincham town centre to capture images to be used in their Controlled Assessment. Their brief was to take photographs and short video clips that can be edited and later compiled into an interactive guide on Altrincham, for an estate agent. Students went in small groups around the town centre; they were impeccably behaved and demonstrated a keen eye for a good camera angle. The eagle-eyed among you might spot one group, on the walkway across the main high street capturing a birds-eye view of the shopping centre. It was lovely to get out of the classroom and the pupils will benefit greatly from using their own images and not relying on a Google image search. Well done Year 10, just don’t forget to bring your images in on a USB for next lesson!!” Mrs Cook co-ordinated this engaging GCSE task and provided the report. Let’s hope it benefits that Controlled Assessment.
I’m sure Mr Poole could provide a mathematical reason for this if asked, but along with Mr Williams (husband of Mrs Williams of MFL fame), this last weekend saw them both walk up Snowdon, something they had planned to do originally during the Summer break. Obviously a chance to spread the Wellington word and an ideal photo opportunity at the summit. In Mr Poole’s words; “Had a top time. A once in a lifetime experience, in fact. Never again!” Well done gentlemen.
On Wednesday, the Music Department took the whole of Year 7 to Vue Cinema in Altrincham to watch a special screening of the BBCs Ten Pieces Concert. “The Ten Pieces project aims to open up the world of classical music to young people, inspiring them to listen to and develop their own creative responses to the music. We will be using them as a basis for our projects throughout the year. The responses from the students and staff who attended have been extremely positive and myself and Mrs Johnson are very excited about the work we’ll be doing this year. If any parents would like to hear the Ten Pieces then this evening’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with Ken Bruce on Radio 2 is a concert of all ten of the pieces. It starts at 8pm, or I’m sure will be on iPlayer for a few weeks.”
It is essential for a whole host of reasons that our students have a broad cultural diet, so I was delighted when Mrs Moorhouse proposed this activity. I hope our students were suitably inspired to try something that is perhaps outside their usual musical comfort zone for many.
Mr Scott reports; “Following the last game’s encouraging performance, the lads travelled to North Cestrian, desperate to get their first win as a new team and indeed did so in style with a superb team performance with a 9-0 victory. From start to finish there were star performances all over the pitch; Rory Jones and Josh Adams settled things down nicely in the middle of the park and both grabbed a goal each. Derel Clarke put in a star performance up front to grab 4 goals and he could easily have scored 6 after hitting the bar and putting one just over from close range. Calum Marsland came on in the second half, scoring with a composed finish and Josh Wilson came back on to score 2 after Harvey Lees put in a great shift on the right wing, hitting the post seconds after coming on. Although the score-line emphasised a dominant attacking performance, this wouldn’t have been achieved without a solid defence and Alex Bugg in particular was immense at the left side of the back 3. The lads gave him a round of applause during the full time team talk and rightly pressured me into giving him the man of the match award over Derel and Rory who were also close contenders. Roll on BTH next week.”
And now Mr Gubbins’ turn; “After last week’s poor performance the boys rallied together and demonstrated some spectacular football at times against North Cestrian. We managed the game from the first to the final whistle. Through a mixture of solo efforts and fantastic team play we managed to put 6 past their goalkeeper and only concede 1, a very dubious 1 at that. I was able to tinker with my team prior to the match and provide 3 squad players with starting XI debuts, Charlie Ashton, Jack Hindmarsh and Sam Thompson, each of whom performed brilliantly. It was also a momentous evening for Michael Hough who made his Year 8 debut at half time and took full advantage of the fact by leaving their left back feeling dizzy after turning him inside out down the right wing. Sam Thompson provided a man of the match performance, firstly as an out an out striker then later moving in centre midfield. These are two positions which require a very high work rate and he delivered!! His effort was second to none on that pitch and he was instrumental in everything the team did. It has been a great start to our campaign this year winning 3 out of 3. We have a match on Wednesday against BTH away. This will be another testing match for the boys, however I feel if we win this fixture we should finish the league in 1st position.
Here’s Mr Tomlinson’s first contribution of the week following his Year 9 team’s fixture against Altrincham College of Arts;
“Having been moved onto the smaller pitch due to the Year 10 game I was concerned about how we would manage in a more enclosed space. There was no need to as my squad are a delight to work with and listened intently to our game plan. We set up to drive forward with pace up front and two supporting midfielders and that was nullified a little on the smaller pitch but the lads handled it well. It was one of those games where we had 20+ chances to score but a combination of post, cross bar, goalkeeper and defender managed to stop us. We comfortably controlled the game from start to finish and had a 2-0 lead at half time thanks to Tom Carr and Louis Wright (whose goal was a beautiful curled effort into the top left hand corner). We dominated all the proceedings but due to lack of concentration Henry Howarth had to pull off some good saves in the second half. Jaydon Brady caused them mayhem all game and was man of the match followed closely by George Harris-Stelfox and James Buckley. Oliver Senescall made the game comfortable early in the second half and then that was closely followed by Jordan Ruchat cooly slotting a header from a corner. James "Messi" Buckley then dribbled through 7 players and powered a shot into the corner for a wonderful goal. The game finished 5-0 with Affy Khan making his debut from the bench and Toby Redman who came on and did wonderfully at right back.
Broadoak don't have a team in Year 9 so we have won our side of the competition already and finished as South Trafford league winners - Mr. T's barmy army!”
A great start to the football season from all teams and we’re hopeful of silverware come spring time.
This just in from Mr Tomlinson; “After a delayed start to our season, tonight we played league newcomers, North Cestrian. 1-1 at half time, a slight tinker with the formation and ultimately a 5-1 victory; Josh Wilkinson (3), Cameron Morgan and Ricky Pereira were the goal scorers. The latter and Kieron Ruddick were joint men of the match.
The Year 9 Netball team have got off to a fantastic start; they beat Ashton on Mersey last week with Maddie Daniels as Girl of the Game. This week saw fixtures against Sale Grammar, who we faced in the Trafford final last year, and we won 18-7! Excellent performances all round, however an outstanding performance from Jess Grundy as GK. Report from Miss Hodges.
Unfortunately, we were let down again by opposition this week as Congleton cancelled the Year 8 and Year 10/11 fixtures on Tuesday due to transport issues at the last minute. I was at that point on the train down to London but left Mr Holt and former Pastoral Manager, Mr O’Rourke, in charge of my Year 7 team at Sale Grammar. A shepherd is always apprehensive when forced to abandon his flock but I needn’t have worried. I received this text en route from Mr O’Rourke; “For the record, Year 7 beat Sale GS by 8 tries and 1 conversion (42) to nil. Ethan scored 6 tries and I also rested him during parts of the game, Maximus scored 1 try plus a conversion and Lucas got the other try. Excellent attitude and superb defence. Sale had some good players and we didn’t have things all our own way but I was really impressed with all the lads.”
Looks like I’m out of a job! Well done to the Year 7 squad and thanks to Messrs Holt and O’Rourke. Next we move up in class and face Lymm High School.
Following the cancellation of Tuesday’s fixture, the Year 8s were raring to go for the tournament at Sedgley Park Rugby Club on Wednesday. Mr Wright reports; “We had a very enjoyable day yesterday at the tournament at Sedgley Park. The team won all 5 of their pool games before losing 3 tries to 1 to a very physical St Mary's (Wigan) side. Toby Allan was the man of the series but there was some great rugby played by all, and all were a credit to themselves and the School. Mr Dearnaley and I are both expecting big things for the rest of the campaign. Bring on Lymm next week.”
The final fixture of the rugby week involve Mr Higginson’s Year 9s; “ This week the Year 9’s travelled away to play Sale Grammar. Wellington started very slowly and conceded an early try which seemed to spark the boys into life. James Buckley (of earlier footballing fame) opened the scoring for Wellington finishing a great solo effort from 30 metres out. Wellington looked like they had control when Toby Redman (also starred in this week’s football) scored but Sale replied quickly with another try of their own. Tom Bell scored for Wellington just before halftime to give Wellington a 19-10 lead going into the break. Wellington started the second half playing much better rugby, the forwards creating plenty of quick ball with strong carries from Luan Bogjuvci and Jordan Ruchat (another dual-sport legend!) opened up plenty of gaps for the backs to exploit with their pace. A second half hat-trick from James Drummond and a try for Henry Howarth meant the game ended 47-20 to Wellington after 2 late scores for Sale. Special mentions this week go to James Drummond who not only added another 3 tries to his tally but defensively was outstanding.”
Year 9 is proving itself to be an outstanding year group for sport – must be Miss Tidbury’s influence.
“Six girls took part in the North West round of the National relay championships last week. The swimmers (Eve Smith, Emily Peters, Beth Clapham, Kate Abbot, Amelia Broadfoot) were accompanied by parents and their very able coach (Chloe Peters). The girls swam exceptionally well and did Wellington proud, coming in 8th place (out of 23 teams)! Thank you to the girls for representing Wellington, and to the parents who gave up their evening to take them along.” Report from Miss Hodges.
Just think, if we had our own pool! Now there’s a thought.
These words from Year 11’s glorious leader, Mr R Williams; “It has been a very busy start for Year 11 and this week has seen the commencement of the assertive mentoring. All Year 11 pupils have been meeting with their allocated mentors to discuss the first set of predicted grades made by staff last month. The conversations have been formalised and targets have been set for pupils to meet before the next set of predictions are made later this month.
Some Year 11 pupils have also been attending lunch time and after school sessions to improve their controlled assessments (some have even gone voluntarily!).
A massive thank you to all the staff who are giving up their time to help Year 11 reach their potential. Even though it’s early days, I’m extremely optimistic that we can carry on the trend set by the previous two Year 11 cohorts and get the best GCSE results Wellington has ever had – this will be down to the hard work of both staff and pupils and the support provided by our fantastic parents!”
Now there’s a challenge.
Our School caterers, Chartwells, have asked to mention that they are delighted to be supporting ‘World Food Week’ from 12th-16th October (next week). One of their key suppliers, Unilever Food Solutions, have partnered with the World Food Programme, who are the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting to prevent hunger worldwide. During next week, there will be an internationally themed dish signposted on the menu every day to raise awareness.
And finally … we always welcome news form students past and present, and so it was wonderful to hear from the father of Stan Bradley, now of Year 9 age who left us at the end of Year 7 to move to Malaysia. “Stan, in particular, has settled well and is enjoying his school life both sporting and academic.
He is currently in Year 9 and represents his school in almost all of the contested team and individual events Stan received recognition as Year 8 Athletics Captain and Footballer of the Year.
You will be pleased to hear he has kept up his rugby and plays for the Leicester affiliated KL Tigers outside of school.”
I’m sure the Bradleys read the bulletin every week – Wellington goes global!
Have a great weekend.
S P Beeley
P.S. You will notice that I make no mention of the rugby this week. Come on Japan, is all I have to say.
Examination Results - August 2015
Congratulations to all the fabulous students and staff of Wellington School on another successful year of examination results.
It has been an emotion-filled morning as Year 11 students collected their GCSE results, with a record-equalling 76% achieving 5 A* - C including English and Maths (a figure set to increase over the coming weeks with closer analysis and requests for re-marks).
We are proud of each and every one of our Year 11 students and they should be proud of what they have achieved and how far they have come. There are far too many personal success stories to quote here. 11 students this year got a full house of A* or A grades - a remarkable achievement.
These outstanding GCSE results follow last week's equally impressive A2 and AS Level results. Our Year 13s once again did fantastically well with an increase in A* - E grades but particularly in the numbers achieving the highest A* - B grades. Our Year 12 students exceeded their and our expectations, securing the School's best ever AS figures, which bodes well for A Levels in 2016!
Well done to everyone at home and in School who contributed to all these tremendous results, celebrate in style, enjoy the rest of the break and I'll see (most of) you in September.
S P Beeley
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